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Swimming and Diving Earns Sweep of UConn

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The Big Green swept UConn in non-conference action on Saturday.      By Mark Washburn
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HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth swimming and diving teams earned a sweep of Big East foe, UConn, in non-conference action at Karl Michael Pool on Saturday (Feb. 2) afternoon. The men defeated the Huskies, 182-113, while the women took a 172-125 victory.

The Big Green set the tone of the meet in the 200-medley relay sweeping the event. In fact, both squads took places 1-3. The quartet of Kendese Nangle (Kingston, Jamaica) Charlotte Williams (Boca Raton, Fla.), Kendall Farnham (Severna, Md.) and Siobhan Hengemuhle (Boulder, Colo.) won the women's event with a time of 1:48.09 while James Verhagen (Randberg, South Africa), Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia), Will Derdeyn (St. Louis, Mo.) and Zack Doherty (Pelham, N.Y.) won the men's event with a time of 1:32.29.

Rookies Olivia Samson (Clifton, N.Y.) and Jun Oh (Andover, Mass.) dominated the middle distance and long distance events for the second consecutive weekend. Samson took home the 1000 free (10:17.89), 200 free (1:53.43) and the 500 free (5:00.74) while Oh also claimed the 1000 free (9:24.90), 200 free (1:42.34) and the 500 free (4:37.20).

Zupan claimed swept the breaststroke events winning the 100 with a time of 56.42 and the 200 with a time of 2:02.51. His time in the 200 free was five second faster than runner up, Lachezar Shumkov from UConn, who touched the wall with a time of 2:07.36. Williams claimed both events for the women with times of 1:06.92 and 2:25.34, respectively.

In the sprint events, Nangle won both the 100 back and 50 free events with times of 57.63 and 23.88 wile Sasha Alcon (Fremont, Calif.) won the 100 free with a time of 53.00. On the men's side, Verhagen won the 100 back with a time of 51.55.

In the diving events the Brett Gillis (Kitchner, Ontario, Canada) claimed the 3-meter with a score of 311.70. Erica Serpico (Moorestown, N.J.) paced the women with a score of 266.17, good for third place. Serpico also took third in the 1-meter with a score of 241.94, while Gillis took second with a score of 287.92.

Today's meet served as the celebratoin of the Dartmouth seniors and alumni, who were honored with a luncheon after the meet. The Big Green held a special recognition for Steve Mulllin's Class of 1954 and Victoria Gmelich Class of 1991.

The Big Green will close out the home slate with an Ivy League dual meet against Columbia on Sunday (Feb. 10). The meet will serve as the final home meet for the Class of 2013. Women's action will begin at 11 a.m. and the men will start at 3 p.m.